Croatian PM in favour of non-working Sundays, topic requires broad public debate

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29.04.2020.

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Predsjednik Vlade posjetio je Osjecko baranjsku zupaniju. Na pocetku posjeta sudjelovao je na potpisivanju Ugovora na dionici poddionice B. Manastir - most Halasica na autocesti A 5. Na fotografiji: Andrej Plenkovic premijer Vlade.
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PM Plenkovic during his visit to Slavonia county

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic stated on Tuesday in Osijek that he was in favour of non-working Sundays, but emphasised that the topic required a broad public discussion and a legal basis.

Plenkovic made the statement when answering journalists' questions following his visit to the Belje company, recalling the statements of the National Civil Protection Authority regarding the most recent protective measures against the coronavirus epidemic, which includes the ban on Sunday trading.

Nothing more logical or natural than reducing the population's mobility on Sundays

If epidemiologists estimate that the mobility of the population should be reduced one day of the week, and they chose Sunday, there is nothing more logical, more natural, in Croatia, than reducing the mobility of our population on Sundays, the prime minister said.

Answering the additional question of whether Sunday would remain non-working even after the epidemic is declared over, the prime minister said that a legal basis was necessary for such a decision, reminding that earlier attempts to prohibit work on Sunday had been turned down by the Constitutional Court.

"If we go for that, a very broad public discussion is needed, as well as understanding the context, the tradition, the culture, what people want, and, of course, what will be legally viable in the end. As far as I am concerned, I am in favour of not working on Sundays," Plenkovic said.

He reiterated that the parliamentary election and the date on which it will be held are still not a topic, and commented on the possibility of electronic voting, expressing his opinion that much more time was needed for such a step forward.

The prime minister dismissed the claims that his visit to Slavonia on Tuesday was a signal that the election campaign has kicked off.